The Big Match is a charity football match held annually. Featuring a large cast of celebrities and ex-pro's, The Big Match raises money for The Brain Tumour Charity and Action for Children.
Starting in 2012 as a kick about on the Madejski pitch and raising £8,000, The Big Match went into 2013 with sights set high. The event had spiralled and become a day out for the family rather than just 90 of minutes of football. The Kidz Session sold out in weeks, Hayley Newton and her team from Italia Conti put on a fantastic pre match performance. Fergal the Fox got the crowd going with the Boom Boom sticks from Tresor Paris, and Sponge Bob missed a penalty!! The Match was won by Action for Children 4-2 which was down to a fine goal keeping display from EX Liverpool and England Star Neil “Razor” Ruddock.
The Big Match 2014 proved that support for the charities is ever growing. Neil and his amazing team set sights high looking to raise £100,000 and the fund raising began months before kicking a ball entered anyone’s head. There were race nights, bbq's, spinathons, golf days and all sorts that were designed to raise both money, and awareness of the event. Add in the growing list of celebrities and of course the dress to impress evening event, Extra Time hosted by Suzanne Shaw and Matt Evers, and this amazing event has brought together a huge amount of people.
With a remarkable scoreline of 5-3 to Action for Children, The Big Match 2014 was a fantastic day out for all involved. Please get in touch if you want to be involved with the 2015 event.
The kidz session takes place on the pitch before the main event and caters for children aged between 5 and 15. Please check back in time for information about the 2015 event.
The Session is taken by professional coaches and there will be professional footballers (to be confirmed) offering advice and tips . Colin Nell and Noel Battle two of best freestylers will be available for children to learn freestyle football skillz.
All that is required is the Children raise a minimum sponsorship of £50.00 per child which will go directly to Action for Children and The Brain Tumour Charity, and that they bring big smiles and want to have fun. All children will receive a goodie bag to take away.